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Free Range Chicken Nuggets

Posted by Thryn on March 17th, 2010 filed in Cross Culture, Eating, Post

Free Range Chicken Nuggets

Last weekend we wanted some chicken nuggets. So step one in making chicken nuggets in Cameroon is to buy a live chicken. I didn’t want to spend too much time with it while it was alive, for fear of becoming attached. So I got my friend to buy it for me, and he also did the killing and cleaning of the chicken for me. As a side note, while the chicken was in my kitchen, I brought Linus in there to see what he’d do with a live chicken. He was afraid of it.

After the chicken was dead and de-feathered, I set about trying to cut nugget sized pieces of meat from this thing. See, the original recipe calls for buying 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Well we do what we can here. After wrestling with this chicken carcass for an hour or so, I had enough pieces to make a decent meal of baked chicken nuggets, complimented by mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy (it’s mushroom season!) and steamed carrots. Chickens are expensive, so this isn’t something I’m going to be making very often. But it was a nice treat to have some nuggets. And to be as resourceful as possible, I first used all of the leftover chicken bones and feet to make chicken stock, and then fed them to Linus.

Baked Chicken Nuggets
(adapted from allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 cup Italian season bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1-2 eggs, lightly beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Remove chicken meat from bones and cut nto nugget-sized pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil. Mix well.
  4. Put eggs into a bowl for dipping.
  5. Dip chicken pieces into the egg first, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Place well coated chicken pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.


3 Responses to “Free Range Chicken Nuggets”

  1. Lynn Says:
    March 19th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    While I’m not a big nuggets fan myself, I can totally understand the longing for something you’re used to when faraway. Looks like you did a great job of replicating a wonderful meal!

  2. Angelo Says:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I want chicken nuggets now! Awesome job :)

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